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Just when you thought it was safe to venture out onto the techno/tribal/ambient dance floor here comes a new supergroup, as legendary spacemusic composer Steve Roach teams up with Stephen Kent and Kenneth Newby of Trance Mission. Halcyon Days is their first collaboration, a meeting of the minds fueled by high desert ambience and a natural affinity for psychoactive sounds.
With two world-class didgeridoo players in the studio, it's no surprise that this Australian tree trumpet has a major role. Kent's earthy rhythms and the animistic outcries make the music come vibrantly alive. Add Roach and Newby's electronic textures, and Newby's array of Indonesian instruments, and you have a gene-splicing of ancient and contemporary sources from aboriginal to electronic. With its massive doses of trancey percussion, monster drones, and exotic instruments, Halcyon Days is serious sonic ritual led by three stalwarts of the Archaic Revival.